Monday, December 17, 2012

Rustic Christmas Tree Ornament

Just one more week until the big day is here!  Are you ready?  

Today I have a fun tutorial to share that uses products from two of my favorite companies - Kuretake (who makes the wonderful Zig line of pens) and Basically Bare (who makes tons of amazing embellies and mixed media albums).

So let's get started on this cute little ornament.

Step One: Paint a chipboard pennant with your green Zig Painty FX pen.

Step Two: Next cut a piece of burlap just large enough to fit over the pennant and select three markers in different shades of green.

Step Three: On a craft sheet, scribble the markers.

Step Four: Spritz the ink with three to four sprays of water.

Step Five: Run the burlap through the ink puddle until covered. Set aside to dry or you can speed up drying by using your heat tool.

Step Six: Adhere the burlap to the pennant and trim the edges.

Step Seven: Cover a corrugated brick with a brown Art & Graphic Twin marker.

Step Eight: Cover an acrylic star with gold ink using a Zig Fabricolor pen.

Step Nine: Wrap the pennant with a piece of red ornament trim.  Lastly, attach the star and tree trunk to the pennant using jump rings and add a tree hook to the top of the star.

Kuretake items used:
-Painty FX marker in green
-Art and Graphic Twin marker #72, #5, and May Green
-Zig Fabricolor marker in Gold and Light Green

Basically Bare items used:
-Celestial Shapes Set
-Climbing Ivy Set
-Pennants (large) set

Other items used:
-metal ball trim
-jump rings

Friday, December 14, 2012

Merry Christmas

 We're getting closer to the big day, only 11 days left now!

Today I have a super cute card using the new Snow Couple stamp by Queen Kat Designs stamp designer Sandra Caldwell.

For the background, I layered two different patterned papers.  Then, using a Crafter's Workshop template and Modeling Paste, I created several snowflakes.  While the Modeling Paste was still wet, I sprinkled in a bit of glitter.  Everything must have a bit of shimmer!

For the stamped images, I wanted to keep things simple.  I colored around the inside edges with a light blue and then added lots of Stickle accents.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Ornament Trio

 Closer and closer we get to Christmas Day!  Today I have a trio of ornaments to share.  And for those of you with children at home, these are the perfect items to make with your kids.  All three of these ornaments use Kuretake (Zig) inks and pens

First up is a quick striped ornament.  I used the Zig Painty FX markers in Green and Red and simply alternated the colors as I drew stripes on the ornament.  Once the stripes were complete, I added a bit of ribbon and a metal trim.  Easy peasy.

The second and third ornaments were fully colored with Kurecolor inks in Dull Blue, Cornflour Blue, and Blue.  I then used a Zig Calligraphy Metallic pen in Silver to draw the stars on the ornament.  To finish this one, I added a ribbon bow and a jingle bell.

And lastly, I used a Zig 2 Way Glue Fine Ball Point Pen to draw a scalloped line of glue across the center of the ornament and to also place random dots around the bottom of the ornament.  I then covered the ornament with glitter and allowed it to dry.  To finish this one, I simply adhered a flower.

What Christmas projects are you working on right now?

Friday, December 7, 2012


I am officially on the countdown to Christmas (just over two weeks to go)!  So, to get you in the mood, here is a card using the newly released Cthulhu Christamas stamp by Queen Kat Designs stamp designer Coriander Shea.  Isn't he a cutie with his Santa hat and present?

I found the cutest patterned paper for this card.  All of the red in the trees is foil, so it shines when the light hits it.  I simply layered on a bit of ribbon and chipboard embellies for this card.

The stamped imaged was colored in with my Prismacolor pencils and I added Stickle accents on the present and on the hat.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy Fall Ya'll

Is everyone enjoying the cooler weather!  Today I have a card fit for the fall season that uses the Thankful Crow stamp by stamp designer Sandra Caldwell.

Kraft cardstock, orange patterned paper, cream colored ribbon, brown buttons - a perfect match for the season! 

Isn't this just the cutest image?  I colored it exclusively with Prismcolor pencils and added just a bit of Stickles to his hat.

Monday, November 26, 2012


Now that we're heading into the cooler months, how about a quick reminder of Summer?  

This layout is chock full of Basically Bare goodness - the sun and clouds from the Celestial Set, a two canvas hearts, and an acrylic frame.

The clouds were covered with Stickles for lots of shimmer.  The sun was inked yellow, then heat embossed with three layers of UTEE.  Then I placed it in the freezer for about 15 minutes.  Once I took it out of the freezer, I bent it in several places until the UTEE cracked.  Then I inked over the cracks with Distress Ink.  This creates a really fun look.

I ran the frame through my Cuttlebug for a bit of texture.  Lastly, I used a Crafter's Workshop stencil and Tattered Angels mists with the canvas hearts.  Again, lots of shimmer.

These pictures are of my niece on her first trip to the beach in August.  She went from screaming and being scared of the water to playing and laughing in the span of just a few seconds.  I'm already anxiously waiting for warmer weather so we can head back to the beach.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Trim The Tree

I don't know about you, but I've been thinking a lot about Christmas.  My goal is to have all of my Christmas cards made early this year.  Fingers crossed I hit my goal!  

For this card, I used the Reindeer stamp from Queen Kat Designs.  I stamped the image four times and fussy cut each one.  The two in the back I adhered directly to the card.  For the two in the front, I added pop-dots to the back so they stood out on the card.  

Each reindeer has ornaments hanging from their antlers.  Of course, I added Stickles to the ornaments to make then nice and shiny! I also added Glossy Accents to all of their hooves and noses so they were nice and shiny.  Lastly, I added a bit of White Enamel Accents to each of their tails.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Table Decor

Just a few more day days until Turkey Day is here!  I know I'm ready for the dressing and all the yummy side dishes.  So in preparation, I thought I'd make a little something in the form of a napkin ring to spruce up the dinner table.  

With lots of layers and fall colors, this would look wonderful on any place setting.  And the best part is that it only took a few minutes to create.  So let's see how I put this together.

To start, I painted a wooded napkin ring with a Clementine Zig Painty pen.  Simply set it aside to dry as we work on the next few steps.

Next I stamped a leaf image three times onto heavy cardstock.  I used a Zig Writer on the stamp itself.

Now, onto coloring the stamped images.  I used a light yellow Zig Art and Graphic Twin marker to color all three leaves.   For this part, I did not worry about coloring in the lines as all three leaves will be cut out later.  I also did not worry about having darker or lighter spots when coloring the images.

Next , I used the same yellow marker and added in a brown shade.  I simply touched the tip of the yellow marker to the brown marker to pick up some of the color.

Then, starting on the outside of the stamped image, I simply started layering on the brown ink lightly by coloring over the image again with the yellow marker.  I just kept touching the tip of the brown marker and layering on the color until I was happy with the outcome.

I added a last bit of color using a red Zig writer.  Then I simply cut out all three leaves.

Now, all that's left is to start layering everything together.  I cut out a small square of burlap and adhered it to the napkin ring.  Then, I layered on two fabric leaves.  Next up, I layered on the three cardstock leaves.  And lastly, I added in a couple of small flowers.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hugs and Kisses and ...

In celebration of Queen Kat Designs 6th birthday, we're having a blog hop!  

So you don't miss anyone along the way, here is the full list of the blog participants.
Jamie (that's me!)

Today I have an adorable wall hanging that uses the Beautiful Dancer Fairy stamp by stamp artist Amy Brown.  I absolutely love this fairy!

To start, I used a Basically Bare Scalloped Oh So Mini Album chipboard page and covered it with patterned paper.  Then, using a Crafter's Workshop template, I cut out a lighter piece of patterned paper and adhered it to the album page.

Then I stamped, colored my fairy with Prismacolor pencils, and then fussy cut her out.

Lastly, I added a chipboard flourish, which was painted with a Zig Woodcraft marker, a few Prima flowers, and a couple of mirror embellishments.

Thanks for stopping in today.  Now, off you go to Vikki's blog to see the next creation on the blog hop!

Basically Bare Scalloped Oh So Mini Album
Zig Woodcraft marker in Antique
May Arts ribbon

Friday, November 16, 2012

Define Good

Is anyone else out there thinking about how close we are to Christmas?  Not to add any pressure, but it's less than six weeks away. :)

My tag today was most definitely inspired by the upcoming holiday.  I used the Sugarplum stamp from Queen Kat Designs. This really is a fun and playful stamp!

To make the background, I mixed Picket Fence Distress Stain with Red Pepper Color Wash on my craft sheet then ran my tag through the mixture.  Then, I spritzed it with a glimmer spray and then with water to add water spots.  A very fun way to make a background!

 The image was colored with Prismacolor pencils, and then I added L...O...T...S of Stickles.  It must be glittery and shiny. :)  I think the sentiment is a perfect match to the image, just a bit on the naughty side.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ho, Ho, Ho Wall Hanging

Are you ready for another Christmas project?  How about one that can be completed in roughly 30 minutes?  This definitely fits the bill and would be the perfect item to make if you're short on time. And even better, you only need a few supplies - a sewing hoop, white fabric, Kuretake markers, some ribbon, and a jingle bell.

To start, I used a Zig Painty FX paint pen in red to add color to the sewing hoop.  I only painted the top and outside edges since you won't be able to see the rest of the hoop once everything is put together. Once the hoop is painted, just set it aside to dry while you work on the fabric.

To make sure everything I drew would fit inside the hoop, I laid the fabric on top of the hoop and lightly traced around the edge with a pencil.  I wasn't too worried about the pencil line showing, because once the fabric is pulled tight within the hoop it won't be visible.

Next, using a black Zig Writer, I drew a squiggled line around the inside edge of the circle that was drawn and then drew on the Christmas lights.  To make the letters, I simply drew around some chipboard letters I had laying around.

Then I used my Zig Fabricolor pens to color in the Christmas lights.

I also used my Fabricolor pens to color in the letters.

Of course, no project is complete without a bit of sparkle.  This was easy to add to the Christmas lights using  the Zig Wink of Stella pens.  Love, love, love these pens!  They add just a hint of shimmer without being overpowering.

To make sure the ink is set permanently (and to remove any wrinkles in the fabric), I gave it a quick run under my iron.

To pull everything together, I added a bit of ribbon and a jingle bell.  Those who know me well will attest to the fact that I love to add bells to Christmas projects.

Thanks for stopping in today!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas Canvas

Have you started working on all those Christmas projects and gifts that you'll be making this year?  Scary to think, but the big day is only six weeks away. Here's a fun canvas idea to get you in the mood.  

I started with a 5x7 canvas some old paperback books I had laying around.  I tore the book pages into roughly two inch squares and adhered them as a collage onto the canvas with gel medium.

Once the gel medium is completely dry, it's time to start adding some color.  For this, I started by making a small puddle of water on my craft sheet. Then using a Zig Writer in Pure Red, I scribbled a bit of ink onto the canvas.   Next, I quickly dipped my finger into the water and then used my wet finger to spread the ink across the canvas.  My fingers really are the best tools I have in my scraproom. :)

I continued to add scribbles of ink and blending it with water until the canvas is fully covered.  Don't forget to add ink to the sides of the canvas too.

I wanted to add a small bit of distress to the canvas and also tone the bright red just a tad.  So, to do this, I used a Zig Woodcraft marker in Antique Metallic.  I held the marked down until I had a small puddle of ink on my craft sheet and then also made another small puddle of water.

Then, I simply dipped my finger into the water puddle and then into the ink and randomly spread the mixture on the canvas.

 For the next step, I used a Zig Writer in Pure Brown to create a tree branch.  You can do this freehand, or if you're like me, you can use a stencil.

Now, on to the embellishments.  I used a Basically Bare Holiday Ornament in bare chipboard and felt.  To start, I painted the chipboard white using a Zig Painty FX marker in White.

Once the paint was dry, I added a layer of Glass Bead gel medium.  This medium added such a wonderful texture!  This part takes about 24 hours to dry, so please keep this in mind when using the glass bead medium.

Next, I painted the felt piece of the ornament using a Zig Painty FX marker in Green.  Once the paint was dry, I also added a layer of Green Stickles to the felt piece. I am a glitter girl, and every project must have a bit of glimmer and shine.

Now, it's time to tie everything together.  I added a piece of trim around the outside border of the canvas.  Then I added a piece of May Arts twine to use as a hanger on the ornament.  A bit of ribbon and a jingle bell finishes the ornament.  Lastly, I added a sentiment.

Now wish me luck, I have 12 more of these canvases to make.
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